Happy Monday!

Photo from last year’s special needs group Harvest Party

Well, friends – I survived the Harvest Party/Dance! This past Friday found me helping out from 4:30 – somewhere after 9 p.m. (when I got just too tired to keep on keeping on, so I went home! – party ended at 8:30). We had a lot more people come than we thought would BUT we were prepared! Our leader bought 270 hot dogs! (We cooked 150 and there were leftovers . . . but I was just too tired to even care about bringing some home…sigh). The kids had a great time chatting/eating/dancing so it was all worth it. I’d say we had about 45 kids? attend and about 10 teens from the church volunteered to help out, also.

I have been getting in SO MANY yummy sounding recipes I just couldn’t resist sharing some:

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 Holy Cow Cake

1 (18 oz) box devils food cake mix
1 1/3 C. water
1 1/4 C. vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 (8 oz) jar caramel ice cream topping
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk
1 C. Butterfinger candy bars, crushed
1 (12 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
8 oz. cream cheese, softened

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray. In bowl
mix dry cake mix, oil & eggs using an
elec. mixer – blend on Low speed
1 minute; scrape sides of bowl & mix
on medium speed 2 more minutes.
(batterh will be thick) Pour batter into
prepared pan, smoothing top evenly.
Bake 35-38 minutes until cake springs
back when lightly pressed with your
finger & just starts pulling away from
pan sides. Remove from oven & poke
holes in top of cake using a drinking
straw or chopstick. Cool on wire rack.

Topping:
Place caramel topping & sweetn’d
cond. milk in small bowl & stir to
combine. Spoon mixture over warm
cake so it can seep down into holes.
Measure out half of crushed candy
bars & sprinkle pieces over cake.
In large bowl mix Cool Whip & cream
cheese – blend using elec. mixer on
Low speed until smooth & combined.
Spread mixture over candy-covered
cake. Sprinkle remaining crushed
candy on top & refrigerate 20
minutes before cutting into squares &
serving.
Store cake, covered in waxed paper,
in fridge up to 1 week.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Roasted Autumn Veggie Soup

2 lb. sweet potatoes (about 4 medium)
2 lb. carrots (about 8 large)
1 1/2 lb. parsnips (about 6 medium)
2 large onions, quartered
6 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 C. canola oil
3 (32 oz, ea) cartons chicken broth
1 C. evaporated milk
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
minced fresh parsley & sage,
optional garnishes

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Peel & cut sweet potatoes, carrots &
parsnips into 1 1/2″ pieces; place in
large bowl. Add onions & garlic; drizzle
with oil & toss to coat. Spray two
15 X 10 X 1 inch baking pans with
nonstick cooking spray & divide
veggies between pans. Roast 40-50
minutes until tender, stirring occasionally.
Transfer veggies to Dutch oven. Add broth,
milk, salt & pepper & bring to boil. Simmer,
uncovered, 10-15 minutes.Cool soup
slightly & puree in blender in batches.
Return to pan & heat through. Serve
with optional garnishes. Serves 12 (4 quarts)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Southern Smothered Pork Chops
(crockpot)

4 center-cut pork chops
1/4 C. flour
3/4 tsp. poultry seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. olive oil
1 1/2 C. chicken or beef broth
1 medium onion, chopped

Suggested ‘sides’:
cooked mashed potatoes (for 4)
cooked rice or noodles (for 4)

Pour flour, poultry seasoning &
salt in zip-lock bag – shake to mix.
Add chops & shake until lightly
coated. Heat heavy skillet large
enough to hold all chops over
medium-high heat. Add oil &
heat until it shimmers. Place
chops in pan & saute 2-3 minutes
per side until golden brown. Remove
chops from pan & add 2 T. flour
mixture from bag to skillet; stir a
few seconds to cook flour. Add
about 1 C. broth & cook, stirring,
to lift any browned bits from pan.
Add remaining broth & turn off
heat. (Reserve remaining flour
mixture for later).
Place onion in bottom of crockpot &
lay chops on top. Pour liquids from
pan over chops. Cover & cook on
High 2 hours. Remove about 1 C.
of liquids from crockpot into a
small bowl; stir in remaining flour
mixture from bag & mix until
completely smooth. Return this
mixture to crockpot, stirring to mix.
Cover & cook 30-45 minutes more.
Serves 4

(suggested sides: mashed potatoes or
cooked noodles or rice)

(recipe: allfreeslowcookerrecipes.com)
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Roasted Corn Chopped Salad
with Lemon Vinaigrette

1 can whole kernel corn
2 Romaine hearts, finely chopped
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1/4 C. slivered basil leaves
1/4 C. crumbled feta cheese
1/4 C. lemon juice (fresh from 1
large lemon)
2 T. prepared Dijon-style or
stone ground mustard
2 T. honey
3 T. olive oil

Drain & pat corn dry. Add 1 T. oil to a
skillet & heat to searing hot. Add corn
carefully & let roast 6-8 minutes,
stirring only occasionally, until it
develops a nice brown caramelization;
remove from heat & let cool.
Add chopped romaine & shallots to a
large bowl; crumble feta into bowl &
add cooled corn. In small bowl whisk
together lemon juice, mustard, honey &
remaining 2 T. olive oil to make dressing.
Drizzle dressing over salad & toss. Serve
immediately Serves 4

(recipe: slowcookergourmet.net)
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Crockpot Crustless Pumpkin Pie

1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
3/4 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs, beaten
2 T. butter, melted
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Combine all ingredients in crockpot;
stir to combine. Cover & cook on
Low 2-4 hours. Serves 6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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7-Layer Chicken Enchilada Dip

2 T. butter or margarine
1 box Hamburger Helper “Cheesy
Enchilada” flavor
1 3/4 C. water
1 C. milk
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained/
rinsed
2 C. chopped deli cooked rotisserie
chicken
1 (16 oz) can refried beans
1 C. sour cream
1 C. shredded Mexican-blend cheese
(OR) 1 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 C. chopped pickled jalapeno chilies
1 tomato, diced

tortilla chips

In 10-inch skillet melt butter over
medium heat. Stir in uncooked rice
(from Hamb. Helper box); continue
cooking 2-3 minutes until rice starts
to brown. Stir in water, milk, seasoning
packet (from Hamb. Helper) & black
beans – heat to boiling. Reduce heat,
cover & simmer 20 minutes, stirring
frequently. Stir in chicken; cover &
remove from heat – let rest 5 minutes.

Spread refried beans on 14-inch serving
platter. In small bowl,  mix sour cream &
topping (from Hamb. Helper box) – spread
over beans. Top with hamburger mixture,
cheese, jalapeno chilies & tomato. Serve
with tortilla chips for dipping.

(recipe: Mike Suddaby-FB, from Old El
Paso)
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Cheesy Bundt Bread

3 C. flour, sifted
1 C. sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
1 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
2 large eggs
3/4 C. sour cream
3/4 C. plain Greek yogurt
1/2 C. unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp. baking soda
1 T. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a Bundt pan with nonstick
cooking spray. Mix flour, baking
soda, baking powder, salt, garlic
& onion powders in large bowl
until combined. Whisk eggs, sour
cream & yogurt together & pour
into dry mixture. Add melted
butter & stir to combine. Mix
cheeses into mixture & pour into
prepared Bundt pan, spreading
evenly to edges. Bake 50-55
minutes until a toothpick inserted
close to center comes out clean.
Remove from oven & cool 10
minutes before slicing. Serves 8

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Our weather is now typical Fall in Michigan –
temperatures in the 50’s & 60’s (although
it’s supposed to get up into the 70’s later
in the week – YAY!).

Knit project wise: still working on ONE baby
blanket in my old Plume pattern (lime green) –
have about 1/4th done. Finally made an
executive decision last night & ripped out
another baby blanket I’d been working on;
not really fond of pattern and kept making
big mistakes 10-12 rows BELOW where I’d
been working – time for that one TO GO!
I know I’ve got tons of patterns so it won’t
be difficult to start another one (this one
was a baby teal yarn). Working on one scarf
for homeless – really pretty yarn I obtained
from a yarn swap (variegated colors of tans,
greys & white).

Went to the library today to pick up some
books I had on hold and saw a new flyer:
they will be starting a KNIT GROUP at my
local library Weds. 10-12p.m. starting in
January. (I nicely asked if they would mind
my putting my business card by their
display and they said NO – kinda expected
that. My group meets in the evening, theirs
during the day – oh well….) I ‘did’ think of
attending their group just to see what it’s
like – we’ll see. Their flyer said bring your
own supplies, so it sort of sounds like my
group except they don’t offer any help –
will consider…later.

Hope you are enjoying your day – it’s
really sunny & breezy out today – in
low 60’s (had to get gas & go to library
so I got to enjoy it a little).

Hugs;

Pammie

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Happy Fall, Y’all!

Not that Fall is my favorite season, but it IS nice to see all the leaves change colors – I’ll give you that. Also love apples – apple anything! Just made a small apple crisp the other day because a friend gave me a small bag of apples (the crisp is almost gone!). I know lots of people live for the changing of the seasons especially for the ‘pumpkin-everything’ – pies, cookies, cakes, brownies, etc, not counting all the various coffee drinks!

I still have a few more Summer recipes to share so I’ll try to place them in this post before we get colder weather and all the summer recipes are put away until next year.

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Cookies ‘n Cream Brownies

1 box brownie mix plus
ingredients to prepare (as listed
on box)
16 Oreo cookies
4 Hershey “Cookies ‘n Creme candy
bars
melted chocolate, for drizzling
(optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a 8 X 8″square baking pan
with parchment paper. Prepare
brownie batter per box instructions.
Pour batter into prepared pan then
lay down Oreo cookies on top in
an even layer, pressing cookies down
so the batter covers them almost
completely. Bake 35 minutes until a
toothpick inserted into center comes
out mostly clean. Let cool completely
in pan. Place unwrapped candy bars
in medium microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave on 50 per cent power
until they are melted – pour over
the brownies & smooth into even
layer using a spatula. Refrigerate
10 minutes then drizzle top with
melted chocolate, if using. Cut
into squares. Serves 16

(recipe: delish.com)
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3-Ingredient Zucchini Parmesan

1 C. sliced zucchini
1 T. shredded Parmesan cheese
10 squirts ‘butter spray’ (nonstick
butter-flavored cooking spray)

Line a cookie sheet with foil;
spray with nonstick cooking
spray. Place zucchini slices on
pan then spritz with butter spray.
Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top
& place under broiler for a few
minutes until cheese starts to
brown.
Makes 1 serving

(recipe: 77recipes.com)
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Salmon w/Zucchini & Spaghetti

1/2 lb. uncooked thin spaghetti
4 T. olive oil, divided
1 lb. salmon, skinned/cut into
2″ cubes
1 pint small cherry or grape tomatoes
1/4 lb. onion, cut into thin strips
1/4 lb. sweet banana peppers, cut into
thin strips*
pinch red pepper flakes
1 T. garlic, minced
1/4 C. white wine
1 lb. zucchini, cut into thin strips
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. grated black pepper
1/4 C. fresh Italian flat-leaf
parsley, chopped
1/2 C. heavy cream
1/2 C. freshly grated Romano cheese
1/2 C. fresh Italian basil, chopped

Cook spaghetti accordg. to pkg.
directions – a little less than al dente.
Remove to a bowl, leaving pasta
water in pot. In large skillet add half
of oil & heat to medium-high. Add
salmon cubes (not touching each
other) & cook a few minutes on
each side to brown & cook almost
through – remove to a bowl. Add
tomatoes to skillet & cook until just
starting to pop, 2-3 minutes – remove
to same bowl as fish. Add remaining
oil & onions – saute 2 minutes,
scraping up any browned bits from
bottom of pan. Add banana peppers &
cook 2-3 minutes to soften. Add pepper
flakes & garlic, cook 1 minute then add
wine – cook to evaporate, about 2 minutes.
Add zucchini & cook, stirring 2 minutes.
Add salt/pepper, parsley & cream – stir.
Add about 1 C. pasta water & stir. Add
Romano & basil – stir then add cooked
pasta. Stir then add cooked tomatoes &
salmon – gently toss to combine; remove
from heat.
To serve: top with additional fresh basil &
Romano cheese. Serves 4-6

NOTE: try to cut veggies into thin strips
similar in size to spaghetti.

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan

1 1/2 C. marinara, divided
2 medium eggplants, halved
1 T. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp. dried oregano
kosher salt
ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. chopped tomatoes
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella,
divided
1 C. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 C. Italian bread crumbs
1/4 C. basil, chopped fine

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spread about 1 C. marinara
sauce in bottom of medium
baking dish. Using a spoon,
hollow out the insides of the
eggplants leaving about a 1/2″
border around skin to create
a boat. Roughly chop the
scooped out eggplant. Place
‘boats’ in prepared dish
(scooped sides up). In large
skillet over medium heat
place olive oil; heat oil then
add onion & cook about
5 minutes until softened.
Stir in chopped eggplant &
season with oregano, salt/
pepper. Cook, stirring often,
until eggplant is golden &
tender, about 3 minutes. Stir
in garlic & cook until fragrant,
about 30 seconds – transfer
mixture to a large bowl. Add
chopped tomatoes, egg, 1 1/2
C. mozzarella & 1/2 C. marinara;
mix just until combined. Scoop
mixture into eggplant ‘boats’ &
top with more mozzarella,
Parmesan & bread crumbs.
Bake about 50 minutes until
boats are tender & cheese has
melted. Garnish with chopped
basil & serve. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Zucchini Tots
(appetizer)

1 packed Cup grated zucchini
1 large egg
1/4 medium onion, minced
1/4 C. grated sharp Cheddar
cheese
1/3 C. seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick
cooking spray. Grate zucchini into a
clean dish towel until you have 1
packed cup. Wring all excess water
out of zucchini; there will be a LOT
of water. In medium bowl combine
all ingredients & season with
salt/pepper, to taste. Spoon 1 T.
mixture into your hand & roll into
small ovals – place on prepared
sheet & bake 16-18 minutes,
turning halfway through cooking
time until golden. Makes 16 tots.
Serves 3

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Layered Apple/Pork Chop Bake

4-6 boneless pork chops
2-3 apples, peeled/sliced
1/4 C. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 to 1/3 C. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon, divided
1/2 tsp. nutmeg, divided
1/2 T. cornstarch (optional)
kosher salt/black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place sliced apples in bottom of a
large baking dish & sprinkle with
1/2 tsp. cinnamon & 1/4 tsp.
nutmeg. Place chops on top of
apple slices & season generously
with salt/pepper. In medium saucepan
over medium-high heat, combine
butter & brown sugar, whisking until
melted & incorporated. Stir in
remaining cinnamon & nutmeg. Whisk
in cornstarch (if using) – makes for a
thicker glaze. Pour mixture over chops
& apple slices in pan then bake
35-40 minutes until chops are cooked
through. serves 4-6

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Crockpot Pecan Pie

1 refrigerated pie crust
3 eggs
1 C. sugar
2/3 C. dark corn syrup
1/3 C. melted butter
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. chopped pecans (or a combination
of chopped & whole)

vanilla ice cream – for serving

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. Place pie crust in crockpot & mold
it to fir the shape of the crock. Stir
remaining ingredients together (except nuts),
until well mixed. Stir in nuts (you can reserve
some for sprinkling on top). Pour
filling into pie crust. Gently place reserved
nuts on top of filling. Cover & cook on
High 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Serve warm with
vanilla ice cream (if desired).  Serves 6

(recipe: spicysouthernkitchen.com)

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Our weather is gorgeous today: sunny &
86 degrees F. I read that this Fall is going to
be un-seasonably warm for much longer
than usual – interesting…

I started a new baby afghan today – mint
green (sport weight yarn) in another knit
lace pattern. Not exactly sure where I
found this pattern; apparently I just copied
down the pattern without including the
site/place I found it – no name, either, but
it’s a rather easy pattern and works up
nicely. (Yes, I’m back to my old ‘several
projects on the needles’ at once.) Currently
there’s the 3/4ths finished knit baby afghan
in white & stripes of pink, green, blue & yellow;
a 3/4ths done scarf for the homeless, the new
mint green afghan and am also working on
making more baby headbands for Detroit
Vets baby shower NEXT year. (The lady in
charge said they were a big hit – this year
I only made 8 so I’m attempting to get more
done for next year.) Oh…and baby hats
whenever I feel ‘inspired’ to make them. I
have a ‘go’ bag which has the supplies to
make hats – I usually take that with me if
I’m going to an appointment or know I’m
going to sit for long periods of time; also
have the same thing in my car – I don’t
like wasting time just sitting; would much
rather be doing something constructive –
know what I mean?

Hope you are enjoying your FIRST DAY OF FALL

Hugs;

Pammie

SO HAPPY and PROUD!

Last night was the Pick Up date for all of the lovely knitted & crocheted baby items for the upcoming Detroit Veterans Hospital’s Annual Baby Shower. The lady who is the Women’s Coordinator for the event told us there will be 17 Moms attending the shower. This year our group donated 87 knit & crocheted items! 24 blankets, 42 hats, 11 sets of booties, 2 snuggle sacks and 8 baby headbands – I’d say we MORE THAN covered the moms this time! (I was going to post all of the photos, but there are 17 photos, so I decided not to). The ladies in my group continue to amaze me with their generosity – so happy they participated in showing love to these Vets Moms!

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Caramel Apple Slab Pie

2 1/4 C. flour
3/4 tsp. salt
2/3 C. butter-flavored shortening
8 T. cold water
1/3 C. flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 1/2 lb. Granny Smith apples,
peeled/cored & cut into 1/4″
thick slices (10 cups)

Crumb Topping:
1 C. quick-cooking rolled oats
1 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. flour
1/2 C. butter

Homemade Caramel:
1 C. brown sugar
4 T. butter
1/2 C. Half & Half
1 T. vanilla
pinch salt

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 15 X 10 X 1″ rimmed
sheet pan with nonstick spray.
Dough:
In large bowl combine flour &
salt; using pastry blender or
2 forks, cut in shortening until it
resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle
1 T. cold water over mixture & toss
with a fork. Repeat, using 1 T. water
at a time until it is  moistened, then
knead dough into a ball. On lightly
floured surface, roll dough into a
19X13″ rectangle. Wrap dough around
rolling pin & unroll dough into prepared
pan. Ease dough into pan & up sides,
being careful not to stretch it. Trim
dough to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pan.
Fold dough edge over & flute as desired.

In extra large bowl combine sugar,
1/3 C. flour, cinnamon & apples – toss
to coat. Spoon mixture onto dough &
spread evenly.

Crumb Topping:
In large stir oats, brown sugar & flour.
Using a pastry blender, cut in butter
until topping resembles coarse crumbs –
sprinkle on top of apples in pan. Bake
40-45 minutes until apples are tender. If
it is starting to brown too fast, cover top
with foil the last 5-10 minutes of baking.
Cool slightly.

Homemade caramel:
Place all ingredients in medium saucepan
over medium-low  to medium heat. Cook,
while whisking gently, 5-7 minutes until
thicker. Turn off heat. Serve warm or
refrigerate until cold. Drizzle caramel on
top of apple slab pie then serve.
Serves 25

(recipe: therecipecritic.com)
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Cheesy Baked Zucchini

4 C. shredded zucchini
1 C. Bisquick baking mix
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 C. chopped scallion
2 T. chopped parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 C. vegetable oil
4 eggs

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl combine all ingredients &
mix well – pour into prepared
dish. Bake 25 minutes until
golden brown. Cut into squares
& serve. Serves 15

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Garlic/Parmesan/Asparagus

1 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T. butter, melted
1 T. grated Parmesan cheese

In large skillet bring 1/2 inch
of water to a boil. Add asparagus &
garlic; cook, covered, until asparagus
is crisp-tender, 3-5 minutes; drain.
Toss asparagus with butter & cheese.
Serves 4

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

12 oz. elbow macaroni
1/2 C. grated carrot
1 rib celery, finely diced
1 C. mayonnaise
3 T. pineapple juice
2 T. apple cider vinegar
salt/pepper, as desired

Cook macaroni per pkg.
directions; drain/cool.
Add grated carrot & celery &
mix. Whisk mayo, pineapple
juice & vinegar then pour over
noodles – toss to combine. Add
salt/pepper, to taste. Chill until
ready to serve. Serves 6

(recipe: slowcookergourmet.com)
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 Crockpot Pepper Steak

2 lb. beef sirloin cut into
2″ strips
garlic powder
3 T. vegetable oil
1 beef bouillon cube
1/3 C. hot water
1 T. cornstarch
1/2 C. chopped onion
2 large roughly chopped green
bell peppers
1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes
with juice
3 T. soy sauce
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. salt

Heat oil in large skillet over medium
heat; season beef strips with garlic
powder then brown in oil. Once
browned, place strips in crockpot.
In large bowl mix bouillon cube with
hot water – dissolve then add cornstarch
& stir to dissolve; pour mixture over meat
in crockpot. Add onion, green peppers,
stewed tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar &
salt – stir to combine. Cover & cook
3-4 hours on High or 6-8 on Low.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Homade Pimento Cheese Spread

2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. onion powder
4 oz. diced pimentos, drained
1/2 tsp. dried mustard

Using elec. mixer, in bowl mix
cheese & cream cheese together –
mix 2-3 minutes. Add mayo &
mix again. Add in seasonings –
stir everything together then
mix in pimentos. Refrigerate
at least 10-15 minutes before
using.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Chicken & Spinach Pasta Bake

8 oz. uncooked rigatoni pasta
1 T. olive oil
1 C. chopped onion
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen spinach,
thawed
3 C. cooked/cubed chicken breasts
1 (14 oz) can Italian-style diced
tomatoes, undrained
1 (8 oz) container (Philadelphia)
chive & onion cream cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions;
drain. Spread oil on bottom of 9 X 13″
baking pan & add onion in single layer.
Bake 15 minutes just until tender.
Transfer onion to large bowl. Drain
chopped spinach well, pressing between
layers of paper toweling. Stir in cooked
rigatoni, spinach, chicken & next 4
ingredients – into onion in bowl. Spoon
mixture into prepared dish & sprinkle
evenly with shredded cheese. Bake,
covered, 30 minutes. Uncover & bake 15
minutes more until bubbly.

(recipe: facebook)
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Crockpot Blueberry/Lemon Cobbler


Filling:

32 oz. blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 C. sugar
3 T. lemon juice (juice from 1 lemon)
1 T. lemon zest (zest from 1 lemon)
1/4 C. flour

Topping:

2 C. flour
3/4 C. sugar
1 T. lemon zest (zest from 1 lemon)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 C. butter (2 sticks, chilled/
cut into bits)
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
2 tsp. vanilla

vanilla ice cream or whipped cream,
for topping cobbler, if desired

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. Place blueberries in bottom of
crockpot; sprinkle lemon juice on top.
In medium bowl mix sugar & lemon
zest, working zest into sugar with your
fingers to release the lemon oils in the
zest. Add flour & stir with a fork to
evenly combine flour with sugar. Sprinkle
mixture evenly over berries & toss to
combine.

Topping:

In medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, lemon
zest, baking powder, salt & nutmeg using
a fork until well combined. Using 2 butter
knives or a pastry cutter, cut in cold bits
of butter into flour mixture until it
resembles a coarse meal with small pea-
sized pieces of butter. In small bowl whisk
eggs & vanilla with a fork & gently toss
egg mixture into flour/butter mixture
until moistened & dough starts to hold
together & create clumps of dough.
Sprinkle cobbler topping evenly over
blueberries in crockpot. Cover opening
of crockpot with paper towels or a clean
kitchen towel; cover with lid. (toweling
will absorb any condensation that will
collect on lid while cooking, preventing
it from dripping onto cobbler.) Cook
on High 3-4 hours until you can see the
juices from the blueberries bubbling
around edges of crockpot. Check
cobbler at 3 hour mark & only cook
for additional time if needed. Turn
off crockpot & carefully remove lid
& toweling. Let cobbler cool slightly
before serving. Serve with vanilla
ice cream or whipped cream, if
desired. Serves 8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)

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I know that this week has been very trying
for SO many people in our country – prayers
sent out for all those that battled the storms &
fires – I can’t even imagine.

I noticed in our local paper that they are saying
the gas prices will rise due to the recent weather
situations; yesterday I observed our local station’s
prices are up to $2.59/9 (from $2.39/9) – it’s
understandable. I would imagine produce will
greatly increase in price as well as other items
that would normally be shipped by land; we’ll
see.

Our weather is in the low 70’s during the day,
sunny (supposed to rain tomorrow).

Hoping you are all in good healthy and safety;

Hugs;

Pammie

 

A little this & that . . .

(would you believe I just wrote this entire blog post then accidentally hit a key & wiped it all out!? UGH!)

Our weather has been all over the place lately: sunny/cloudy/rainy, in the 70’s to 80’s. Did I catch the eclipse? Yep, on TV – it was interesting.

Monday found me checking out a new store to our area: Hobby Lobby. Lots of friends have commented on how great the store/company is so I went to their Grand Opening. They had a Greeting Team and refreshment table – I politely side-stepped that & went to check out (you guessed it) the YARN DEPARTMENT! Was I impressed? Nope – although their prices for skeins was a little lower, so was the SIZE of their skeins! I was looking for BIG balls, NEW colors/combinations/variegated yarns – not impressed (and I thoroughly checked the entire department TWICE). Guess I’ll stick with JoAnn’s, Michaels, Meijers & WalMart for yarns. (There were tons of people there – even some men! All were Ooooooing & Ahing over the products – not for me).

On the knitting scene, finally finished the blue Tassel baby blanket – you’ve seen it ‘in progress’ – it’s a beautiful pattern to waaaay too fussy for me to ever knit it again. (Am holding it for a friend who’s expecting in February and doesn’t yet know the sex of her baby):

I also started another baby blanket for same person – in case she has a girl. This one is done using a variegated fuzzy yarn for the color strips – the yarn goes from light yellow to light peach to a darker peach to white (am going to have to cut out the white parts – they wouldn’t show against the white background. You know me – I’ll be able to use the fuzzy white for baby hats!)

Lastly I finished a ‘needy/homeless’ people scarf – the colors don’t come through in photographs – the yarn is very fuzzy and in all shades of Fall colors: reds, oranges, yellows, dark greens, dark browns.

(insert I’M MAD here – just realized all the recipes I had in the first try at this post will now be GONE – I copy them to this post then erase the original . . . ugh!)

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Fresh Peach Cobbler

1/4 C. melted butter
1 C. flour
3/4 C. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 C. milk
5-6 peaches, sliced
3/4 C. sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Pour melted butter into a
8 X 8″ baking pan. Whisk
flour, 3/4 C. sugar, baking
powder & milk together –
pour over melted butter in
pan; cover with sliced peaches.
Cover peaches with 3/4 C. sugar*.
Bake 20-30 minutes until batter
rises to top & forms a brown crust.

*Poster wrote: “I know this seems
like a lot of sugar, but use it all”.

(recipe: easyrecipesly.com)
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Crockpot Parmesan Broccoli/Cauliflower

2 lb. frozen Broccoli Cauliflower mix
1 stick butter, sliced
1 T. minced garlic
2 T. dried, minced onion
salt/pepper, to taste
1/4 C. chopped parsley
1/2 – 1 C. shredded Parmesan cheese

Place frozen Brocc/Cauli. in 6 qt.
crockpot; top with butter, garlic,
onion, parsley, salt/pepper &
toss to combine. Cover & cook on
High 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally
until veggies are desired tenderness.
Add Parm. cheese & stir before serving.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Broccoli-Shrimp Alfredo

8 oz. uncooked fettuccine
1 lb. uncooked medium shrimp,
peeled/deveined
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 C. butter, cubed
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
cubed
1 C. milk
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
4 C. frozen broccoli florets
1/2 tsp. salt
dash pepper

Cook fettuccine accordg. to pkg.
directions. In large skillet saute
shrimp & garlic in butter until
shrimp turn pink; remove &
set aside. In same skillet combine
cream cheese, milk & Parm. cheese;
cook & stir until cheeses are melted
& mixture is smooth. Place 1 inch
of water in a saucepan; add broccoli.
Bring to boil; reduce heat – cover &
simmer 6-8 minutes until tender;
drain. Stir broccoli, shrimp, salt/
pepper into cheese sauce & heat
through. Drain fettuccine & top
with shrimp mixture. Serves 4

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cheesy Zucchini Quiche

singe 9 inch pie crust
3 T. butter
4 C. thinly sliced zucchini (about
3 medium)
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 large eggs
2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tsp. prepared mustard

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
On lightly floured surface, roll
dough to 1/8 inch thick circle,
place to 9 inch pie plate. Trim
pastry to 1/2 inch beyond rim
of plate & flute edge. Refrigerate
while preparing filling.
Filling:
In large skillet heat butter over
medium heat. Add zucchini &
onion – cook & stir until tender.
Drain & cool slightly. Whisk eggs
& seasonings until blended – stir
in cheese & zucchini mixture.
Spread mustard over pastry
shell & add filling. Bake on lower
rack of oven until a knife inserted
into center comes out clean &
crust is golden brown, 35-40
minutes. If needed, cover crust edges
loosely with foil during last 15
minutes of cooking time to prevent
overbrowning. Remove from oven
& let stand 10 minutes before
cutting. Makes 8 servings.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza

1 pizza crust
3/4 C. BBQ sauce (use a little for
heating the chicken & rest as sauce)
1 1/2 C. cooked chicken, shredded or
chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 T. chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1/3 C. chopped cashews
2 T. jalapeno chilies, very finely
chopped

NOTE: Be ready with chopped
ingredients when you pre-heat
grill so that you can place toppings
on cooked dough quickly.

Preheat grill to about 500 degrees F.
In medium pan heat chicken, a little
BBQ sauce & crushed garlic. Brush
pizza dough with olive oil & place
on hot grill, oil side down – drizzle
more oil on top of dough. Close
lid of grill & cook about 2 minutes;
flip dough over & place BBQ sauce,
cooked chicken mixture, red onion,
cheese, nuts, cilantro & jalapeno
on top. Close lid of grill & cook,
checking occasionally until top is
bubbly but bottom is not burnt.
(If you need: lower temperature
or turn off one side of grill &
finish cooking on indirect heat).
Remove from grill to a sheet pan.
Serves 4

(recipe: joyineveryseason.com)
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Lemon Garlic Rice

1 C. uncooked white rice
2 T. butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. grated lemon peel
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 C. chicken broth
2 T. chopped fresh parsley

In large saucepan over high
heat, combine all ingredients
except parsley – bring to boil,
stirring once or twice. Reduce
heat to Low, cover tightly &
simmer 15 minutes until liquid
is absorbed. Serves 4

NOTE: can also add chopped green
bell pepper (or) use brown rice,
just cook 45 minutes once it comes
to a boil. If you want to use par-boiled
rice, cook about 20 minutes.

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Apple BBQ Chicken

3 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless
chicken breast
1 (18 oz) bottle BBQ sauce
2 C. apple butter

buns

Place chicken in crockpot; mix
BBQ sauce & apple butter in
bowl & pour over chicken. Cover
& cook on Low 4 hours. Shred
hot chicken using 2 forks or in
your mixer. Serve on buns.
Serves 8

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Zucchini Gratin

4 T. butter
4 large zucchini, sliced
4 medium shallots, minced
2 tsp. garlic, minced
1 C. heavy cream
2/3 C. Cheddar cheese, grated
1/3 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 tsp. oregano
salt/pepper, to taste
sliced green onions, garnish

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick spray.
Heat large, deep pan over medium
heat – add butter & melt. Saute
shallots & garlic until shallots are
translucent, about 1-2 minutes. Add
zucchini, heavy cream, salt/pepper,
oregano & Parm. cheese – stir &
let mixture cook 8-10 minutes until
bubbly. Make sure to keep mixing
while cooking. Transfer to prepared
pan. Mix in most of cheeses, sprinkling
rest of Cheddar cheese on top. Bake
10-14 minutes until cheese is bubbly &
golden brown. Top with sliced green
onions, if desired. Serves 4

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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1-Pot Bacon & Peas Pasta

6 slices bacon, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 C. onion, chopped
1 C. mushrooms
2 C. chicken stock
1 C. milk
1 C. peas, frozen
1 oz. cream cheese
1/4 C. sour cream
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese, shredded
salt/pepper, to taste

In large pan fry bacon over medium-
high heat until crisp – remove bacon &
all but 2 T. bacon grease. Add mushrooms
& onion to pan- cook until they begin to
soften. Add garlic & cook 2 minutes. Add
chicken stock, milk & pasta to pan & bring
to boil – cook 7-10 minutes until pasta is
al dente. Add peas & gently stir until they
have defrosted. Remove pan from heat;
stir in cream cheese & sour cream. Add
bacon & gently fold into pasta. Salt &
pepper, to taste. Serve with shredded
Parmesan cheese on top. Serves 4

(recipe: homemadeinterest.com)
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Crockpot Peach Applesauce

3 lb. sweet apples (poster used
Gala) peeled/cored & sliced
2 (16 oz, ea) bags frozen peaches,
thawed
1/4 C. apple juice concentrate,
thawed
1 T. lemon juice
1/2 to 1 C. brown sugar (optional)

Place apple slices & peaches in
crockpot; add remaining ingredients
& stir to mix well. Cover & cook on
High 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally.
Place mixture in a bowl (or blender)
& mash using a potato masher,
mixer or blender (depending on
consistency you prefer). Serve.
Serves 6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)

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It’s also time to give things away –
tomorrow I meet with the
coordinator of Crisis Pregnancy
Center’s Mobile Unit to hand off
four baby blankets. They give the
expectant moms a blanket if they
agree not to abort their babies.

Coming up in a few weeks is the
pick up date for all knit/crocheted
baby items for Detroit Veterans
Hospital’s Baby Shower. I love
seeing all the wonderful items
my ladies create and know that
the ladies receiving them will be
grateful to have something
hand-made, as well.

Guess I’d better wrap up this post,
eh? Hope you are all well and enjoying
the last vestiges of Summer.

Hugs;

Pammie

 

 

 

Help! I’m Lost on “PINTEREST”!

Free Knitting Pattern for Classic Lace Baby Throw - This baby blanket by Lion Brand Yarn is knit in 3 panels of lace and 2 panels of seed stitch and then seamed. 32 x 35 in. (81.5 x 89 cm)

If you’ve read my blog for very long you know I LOVE knitting – especially if it’s challenging (Why? I’m not sure!). There is a wonderful site on line that’s free; it’s called PINTEREST and it has all kinds of ideas for almost anything you can think of: crafts, cooking, fitness, home improvement, fashion, building, inspirational sayings, tips on how to raise foods/yard plants, etc. – if you think it – it’s probably on that site!

http://pinterest.com

They have a HUGE area for all things knitting and, in particular: Lace Knitting. I have recently learned that I love the challenge of lace knitting. It doesn’t have to be a doily (which most of you are probably thinking of when you hear lace knitting) – almost all of the baby blankets I have knit lately have been lace patterns. For example, the picture above is a lace knitting pattern (one I’ve bookmarked for a future baby blanket). There is really only ONE problem with Pinterest: once you start looking you get MESMERIZED! You can lose entire hours just looking at all the various things there! Sometimes you end up seeing a lot of the same thing; for example, I was looking at a particular site that just dealt with lace knitting – there were probably at least 12 patterns with the same photos repeated over & over & over! Why? Not really sure – you just learn to kind of skip/skim over them. If you have some extra time give Pinterest a try – I’m sure there’s something on there you would find interesting! (even recipes!)

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Hotel Rice Pudding

1/4 C. (1/2 stick) butter
1/2 C. sugar
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 pint sour cream
1 C. raisins
1/3 C. chopped maraschino
cherries
3 C. cooked long or whole-
grain rice (not instant)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
spray a 1 1/2 quart casserole
dish with nonstick spray. In
large bowl cream butter &
sugar. Using elec. mixer, beat
in eggs, one-at-a-time. Add
remaining ingredients & mix
well. Pour mixture into
prepared dish & bake 45-50
minutes until center is set.
Serves 8

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Bacon & Egg Macaroni Salad

1 lb. elbow macaroni
8 hard cooked eggs, chopped
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked/crumbled
1 C. chopped celery
1/2 C. finely chopped red onion
2 C. mayonnaise
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. black pepper

Cook macaroni accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain/rinse & let cool.
Place cooled macaroni in large
bowl; add remaining ingredients &
mix well. Cover & refrigerate at
least 1 hour before serving.
Serves 10

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Chicken & Mushrooms

1 1/2 lb. chicken
2 T. oil
1 (16 oz) pkg. crimini mushrooms,
sliced
1 yellow onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt/pepper, to taste
1/4 C. fresh parsley, chopped
1 1/2 C. chicken broth
2 T. cornstarch

Cooked rice or pasta

In medium skillet add oil & chicken; cook
on medium-high heat & sear until brown;
flip & brown on other side. Place in crockpot.
In same skillet add onion & saute until
tender; put in crockpot. Place mushrooms,
garlic, & parsley in an even layer over chicken;
pour in broth & add salt/pepper. Cover &
cook on Low 4 hours. Remove chicken &
add cornstarch to juices & mushrooms in
crockpot. Whisk until smooth then return
chicken to crockpot. Cover & cook until
gravy is thick, about 20 minutes. Serve
over cooked rice or pasta.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Crockpot Garlic/Lemon/Butter
Artichokes

6 qt. or larger crockpot

3 medium artichokes (or 2 large)
salt
pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lemon
1/4 C. butter
1 C. water

Cut bottoms off artichokes so they
sit flat; cut very tops off (about
half inch). If you have trouble
getting the chokes to fit, peel off
a few of the outer leaves; place
them in crockpot. Sprinkle salt/pepper
then add garlic. Squeeze lemon
juice over them. Cut butter into
slices & place on top. Add water
to bottom of crockpot. Cover &
cook on High 3 1/2 hours without
opening lid during cooking time.
Serve with melted butter (or
mayonnaise, if that’s your thing)
Serves 8

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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BLT Panzanella (Bread) Salad

1 lb. bacon
1 T. olive oil
1/2 loaf French or Italian bread,
cut into 1-inch squares
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
4 C. chopped romaine lettuce
4 C. chopped iceberg lettuce
1 C. fresh basil leaves
2 large tomatoes, cored/cut ito
bite-sized pieces

Dressing:
2 T. fresh lemon juice
zest from 1/4 lemon
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. whole grain mustard
1 T. mayonnaise
1 T. sour cream (or creme fraiche)
1/2 tsp. honey
few drops sriracha or other hot sauce
1/4 tsp. salt
few grinds fresh ground black pepper
2 T. bacon fat
3 T. olive oil
1 T. basil, finely chopped

Cut bacon into 4 pieces each;
cook until crisp in large skillet.
Drain on paper towels & reserve
1 T. in pan & 2 more for dressing –
total of 3 T. reserved.
Add oil to 1 T. bacon fat in skillet &
heat to medium high. Add bread,
salt & pepper – toss continuously
until toasted on all sides, about
10 minutes.
Cut romaine & iceberg lettuces into
bite-sized pieces – place in large bowl.
Add whole basil leaves, tomatoes,
cooked bacon & toasted bread – toss.

Dressing:
Place all dressing ingredients (except
bacon fat, oil & basil) into a blender –
blend & slowly add bacon fat & olive
oil. Toss in basil & pulse a few times
to combine. Serve dressing drizzled over
salad & tossed to coat – or on side, if
desired.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Cantonese Orange Ribs
(oven & crockpot methods)

1 slab meaty pork baby back
ribs, cut into serving pieces

Glaze: (for both methods)
1 C. orange marmalade
3/4 C. water
1/3 C. soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger

OVEN directions:
Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Place ribs, meaty side down, in
a shallow roasting pan. Roast
30 minutes; drain fat. Turn
ribs meaty-sides up, reduce
oven temp. to 350 degrees &
continue roasting (uncovered)
60 minutes longer.
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CROCKPOT directions:
Place ribs in a 5-7 qt. crockpot.
Add 1 C. water & 1 T. soy sauce.
Cook on Low 6-8 hours.

Glaze:
 Place all glaze ingredients in a
small saucepan; bring to boil
over high heat. Reduce heat
to medium-low & reduce by
50% (should be like thick syrup).
Heat a gas grill OR broiler on
High heat. Generously glaze ribs
with glaze. Grill each side
approximately 5 minutes –
watch them carefully so they
don’t burn – just get bubbly
on the surface & slightly crisp.
Serves 4

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Pecan Pie Bars

Crust:
1 1/4 C. (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted
butter, room temp.
6 T. granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 C. flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt

Topping:
2 sticks unsalted butter
1/2 C. light corn syrup
1 1/2 C. light brown sugar, packed
2 T. heavy cream
1 lb. pecans, chopped

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Crust:

Beat butter & gran. sugar in bowl
of elec. mixer fitted with a paddle
attachment until light, about 3
minutes. Add eggs & vanilla; mix
well. Sift together flour, baking
powder & salt. Mix dry ingredients
into batter with mixer on Low
speed just until combined. Press
dough evenly into ungreased
9 X 13 inch baking sheet,
making an edge around edge like
you would a pie crust. (It will be
very sticky; sprinkle dough &
your hands lightly with flour)
Bake 15 minutes until crust is
set but not browned; let cool.

Topping:

Combine butter, corn syrup &
brown sugar in large, heavy-
bottomed saucepan. Cook over
Low heat until butter is melted,
using a wooden spoon to stir.
Raise heat & boil 3 minutes;
remove from heat. Stir in heavy
cream & nuts; pour over crust,
trying not to get the filling
between the crust & pan. Bake
25-30 minutes until filling is set.
Remove from oven & allow to cool.
Wrap in plastic wrap & refrigerate
until cold. Cut into bars & serve.
Serves 18

(recipe: theslowroastedItalian.com)

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Today is another busy day so I’m taking
a little time to relax here on my computer
as well as knitting a few rows on both
baby blankets. Among my purchases at
WalMart yesterday were two very large
balls of yarn: one a bright, cheery
yellow and a bright blue – sometimes
it’s hard for me to CURB my desire to
start another project when I see a really
cute pattern or nice baby yarn. Ah, the
‘fun’ of being a bit ADHD (Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) – No,
I don’t actually have ADHD (my middle
son does) – basically you get easily
distracted by almost anything! I’m not
that bad, but when it comes to yarns,
knitting & new patterns – I’m there!

Hope you’re having a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Time to ENJOY LIFE!

It’s looking like another beautiful day here – in the mid 70’s & sunny! So far this week my babysitting has been rather easy (I say that quietly – I’m happy with seeing the little guy but rather enjoy a LITTLE sitting rather than 8+ hour days, back to back). The other grandfather is currently in the hospital as of Saturday – they think he had another stroke but can find no signs of it so they’re running tests. I feel really bad for the grandmother & daughter (my oldest son’s girlfriend & Mom to the baby) – they have enough stress in their lives so this just added more. Grandfather has had a history of strokes and has been losing weight (15 lb. in a little over a month) so they think he also has a slow bleed somewhere, hence why they’re keeping him at the hospital for testing. I only babysat Tuesday 2:30 – 5, so that was easy and the baby was in a great mood. Tuesday was Knit/Crochet Night, last night was special needs group. THIS SATURDAY the knit group talked me into arranging something new for us; this Saturday is NATIONAL KNIT IN PUBLIC DAY! We’re going to meet on Panera Bread’s patio at 10 a.m. and just do what we all love – KNIT (and I included our crocheters, too). Not sure just how many we’ll have (I’m guessing maybe 3?) and I’m not planning on staying long (maybe an hour?) but it’s all open-ended, so we’ll see. Currently still plodding ahead with the blue ‘Tassel stitch’ baby blanket and started another multi-color blue/white/lime green blanket in the stitch I did last (It’s from the Linus Project – another charity that collects blankets and, NO-I only borrowed their pattern, not joining another charity project group – that would be a little too much for me). I’m ‘trying’ to get my knit items delivered – need to take 40 baby hats to local hospital and about 5-6 blankets to Crisis Pregnancy Center’s mobile unit (they are a little hard to coordinate delivery times for – they are a mobile unit that travels all over; we’re looking at next week some time).

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Hawaiian Cheesecake Salad

8 oz. cream cheese
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant cheesecake
pudding mix (unprepared)
1 C. International Delight French
Vanilla (coffee) Creamer
1 lb. strawberries, hulled/sliced
4 mandarin oranges, peeled/
sectioned
1 (20 oz) can pineapple tidbits,
drained
3 kiwi, peeled/cut into half moons
2 mangoes, cut into bite-sized
chunks
1 banana, cut into circles
juice of 1/2 lemon

In medium (tall) bowl-poster
uses 8 C measuring cup) using
elec. mixer, whip cream cheese
until smooth. Add dry pudding
mix – beat until well combined.
With mixer on Low, slowly add
creamer to cream cheese mix –
about a tablespoon at a time –
mix until it becomes smooth &
all of creamer has been combined
into cream cheese – repeat until
all creamer has been used – whip
until smooth. In large bowl,
combine strawberries, oranges, pine-
apple, kiwi & mango. Add cheese-
cake mixture to fruit & gently
fold together. In small bowl combine
banana & lemon juice – toss until
well coated, draining any excell
lemon juice. Gently fold banana
into cheesecake salad. Chill until
ready to serve or serve immediately.
Serves 16

NOTE: Do not pour all of creamer into
cream cheese mixture at once – it will
get clumpy & no matter how long you
beat it, it will stay that way.

Recipe can be made ahead: Prepare
cheesecake mixture & refrigerate in
bowl. Mix all of fruit in large bowl &
refrigerate. Before serving, drain any
excess liquid from fruit then fold into
cheesecake mixture.

(recipe: theslowroasteditalian.com)
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Asiago Chicken Pasta w/Sun-dried
Tomatoes & Spinach

1/3 C. sun-dried tomatoes (with oil)
2 T.) (comes in a jar)
1 lb. chicken breasts, sliced in half &
chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
salt
paprika
1 C. Half & Half
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. asiago cheese, grated
8 oz. box penne pasta
2 C. fresh spinach leaves

If sun-dried tomatoes are too big,
chop into smaller bites. Heat 2 T.
olive oil with tomatoes & garlic in
skillet over medium heat. Add
chopped chicken – generously
season chicken in skillet with salt &
paprika – cook until chicken is cooked
through completely. To skillet add 1 C.
Half & Half & 1/4 tsp. salt – bring to boil.
Add grated Asiago cheese & stir about
30 seconds to melt cheese. Reduce heat
to simmer & continue stirring to make
sure all cheese melts. If sauce is too thick,
add another 1/3 C. Half & Half & stir.
Taste sauce – add more salt, if needed. Cook
pasta accordg. to pkg. directions – drain/
rinse. Add past to sauce. Add spinach & mix
well. On Low simmer, cover with lid & let
pasta sit to allow spinach to wilt. After
spinach has wilted, stir everything together
to combine – taste & adjust seasonings if
needed. Serves 4

(recipe: yummly.co)
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Taco-stuffed Zucchini Boats

4 medium zucchini, cut in half
lengthwise
1/2 C. mild salsa
1 lb. ground turkey
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. kosher salt, to taste
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 small onion, minced
2 T. bell pepper, minced
1 (4 oz.) can tomato sauce
1/4 C. water
1/2 C. Mexican-blend shredded
cheese
1/4 C. chopped scallions or cilantro,
for topping

Bring large pot of salted water to
boil.
Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place 1/4 C. salsa in bottom of
large baking dish. Using a small
spoon or melon baller, hollow out
centers of zucchini halves, leaving
1/4 inch thick shell on each. Chop
scooped out flesh into small pieces
& set aside 3/4 C.  to add to taco
filling (squeeze excess water out
using a paper towel) – discard
rest of flesh or using in another
recipe. Drop zuccini halves in
boiling water & cook 1 minute –
remove from water. Brown turkey
in large skillet, breaking up pieces
while cooking; when meat is no
longer pink, add spices & stir well.
Add onion, bell pepper, reserved
zucchini flesh, tomato sauce & water-
stir then cover & simmer on Low
20  minutes. Using a spoon, fill
hollowed zucchini ‘boats’, dividing
filling equally, about 1/3 C. per
half, pressing mixture into boats
firmly. Top each with 1 T. shredded
cheese. Cover with foil & bake 35
minutes until cheese melts &
zucchinis are cooked through. Top
with scallions & serve with salsa
on the side. Serves 4

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Garlicky Shrimp Alfredo Bake

10 oz. penne pasta
3 T. butter, divided
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. medium or large shrimp,
peeled/deveined
3 T. chopped fresh parsley, divided
2 T. flour
3/4 C. milk
1/4 C. chicken broth
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese,
divided
1/4 C. plus 2 T. freshly grated
Parmesan cheese, divided
fresh ground black pepper
2 large tomatoes, chopped (about 1 C.)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large pot salted water cook pasta
accordg. to pkg. directions for al dente;
drain & return to pot. In large oven-
proof skillet over medium heat, melt
1 T. butter; add garlic, shrimp & 2 T.
parsley – season with salt. Cook until
shrimp is pink & no longer opaque,
2 minutes per side. Transfer shrimp
to a plate (keep juices in skillet)
Add remaining 2 T. butter to skillet
& let melt; add flour & whisk until
golden, 1-2 minutes. Add milk &
chicken broth – bring to simmer.
Stir in 3/4 C. mozzarella & 1/4 C.
Parmesan cheese until creamy –
season with salt/pepper. Return
shrimp to skillet; add tomatoes &
cooked pasta – toss until combined.
(add more milk if mixture is too
thick). Sprinkle with remaining
1/4 C. mozzarella & 2 T. Parmesan
& bake until melty, 5-7 minutes.
Place under broiler 2-3 minutes
until top is golden (watch carefully
so it doesn’t burn). Garnish with
remaining T. parsley & serve.
Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Farmers Market Summer Crockpot Stew


1 (2 lb.) beef chuck roast, cut into
1/2 inch cubes
1/3 C. flour
3 T. olive oil
2 C. sliced carrots
3 ribs celery, diced
3 C. russet potatoes, diced into 1/2
inch pieces
1 large onion, roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
4 C. water
1 T. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 T. minced fresh parsley
salt/pepper, to taste

In large bowl combine beef cubes & flour,
mixing well to coat. In medium saucepan
over medium-high heat, saute beef in oil,
stirring occasionally until beef is slightly
browned, 5-10 minutes (beef will not be
entirely cooked). Place beef in crockpot;
add carrots, celery, potatoes, onion, garlic,
tomatoes, water, vinegar & seasonings –
stir to combine. Cover & cook on Low
5-6 hours. Season with salt/pepper before
serving. Serves 8-10

NOTE: Stew will keep, refrigerated, up
to 4 days

(recipe: wholeandheavenlyoven.com)
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Loaded Macaroni Salad


8 oz. shell macaroni
4 eggs, hard-boiled/chopped
4 sweet pickles, chopped
2 oz. pimento, diced
6 oz. black olives, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
3 T. balsamic vinegar
1 C. mayonnaise
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 T. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. paprika

Cook macaroni accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain & rinse under
cold water. Place cooked macaroni
in large bowl with eggs, pickles,
olives, pimentos & onion. In small
bowl mix vinegar, mayonnaise, salt/
pepper, paprika & mustard – pour
over macaroni mixture & mix
thoroughly. Chill at least 1 hour
before serving.

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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Chicken Alfredo Roll Ups

9 lasagna noodles
1 (14.5 oz) jar Garlic Alfredo
sauce
1 lb. cooked, shredded chicken
1/2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. garlic salt
2 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray an 8 X 8″ baking pan with
nonstick spray. Pour 1/2 C. Alfredo
sauce on bottom of pan & spread
out. Cook lasagna noodles until
al dente (do not over cook them
as they will be baked, also). Drain
& rinse noodles with cold water.
While they are cooking mix 1 C.
Alfredo sauce, 1 C. Mozz. cheese,
chicken, garlic salt & oregano in
a bowl. Lay out cooked noodles &
blot water off with paper towel.
Spread 1/9 of chicken mixture on
a noodle – roll up  & place, seam
sides down in pan – repeat with
remaining noodles & sauce. Pour
rest of Alfredo sauce on top &
top with remaining cheese. Bake
30 minutes. Serves 4-5

(recipe: julieseatsandtreats.com)
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Mini Muffin Tin Lasagnas
(appetizer)

1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 (15 oz) carton ricotta cheese
2 C. shredded Italian cheese blend,
divided
1 T. olive oil
24 wonton wrappers*
1 (24 oz) jar garden-style pasta
sauce
minced fresh parsley (optional)

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In bowl mix egg, ricotta cheese &
1 1/4 C. Italian cheese blend.
Generously grease 12 muffin cups
with oil; line each with a wonton
wrapper. Fill each with 1 T. ricotta
mixture & 1 1/2 T. pasta sauce. Top
each with a second wrapper, rotating
corners & pressing down centers.
Repeat ricotta & sauce layers. Sprinkle
tops with remaining cheese blend. Bake
20-25 minutes until cheese has melted.
If desired, sprinkle tops with parsley.
Makes 6 servings.

*You can find wonton wrappers in most
grocery stores in the refrigerated section
of the vegetable/fruit aisle

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Pineapple Sunshine Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
4 eggs
1/2 C. oil (poster used vegetable)

Frosting:
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple with
juice

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan with
nonstick spray. In large bowl
combine cake mix, eggs, oil &
crushed pineapple with juice;
mix well & pour into prepared
pan. Bake 25-30 minutes until
a toothpick inserted into center
of cake comes out clean. Allow
to cool completely on wire rack.
In medium bowl fold Cool Whip,
pudding mix & crushed pineapple;
spread over top of cooled cake.

NOTE: Poster reserves a small
amount of pineapple to sprinkle
on top of frosting at the end

(recipe: belleofthekitchen.com)

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Not much else new around here, gas
prices are staying the same ($2.49/9).

Hope you are enjoying a lovely day –

Hugs;

Pammie

Feeling MUCH Better, Thank You!

After living with my back being ‘less than great’ since Friday, I can now say that using the Icy Hot Smart Relief TENS therapy machine really worked to relax the muscles in my lower back. It took using it 5-6 times a day (half hour each session) but I finally don’t feel that pain and can stand up straight again! Thank You, Lord! I even cooked dinner last night (Potatoes O’Brian) – first time ‘testing’ how long I might be able to stand without pain or needing to sit down. Tonight is my special needs group – Music/Birthday Night – I’m going to attend but not stand up (much) if I can avoid it. For most of the evening I will be sitting at the piano, so that’s not a problem.

The evening before I felt the back injury I visited my oldest son’s family – while there I did a little ‘gentle’ wrestling with my older (10 1/2) grandson – there, I believe, was my mistake. Usually when he’s at our house we sit in my recliner & ‘wrestle’ – that’s fine. This time, it was sort of impromptu where I was standing up & he sort of ‘bent me over’, grabbing my neck which put my lower back into stress mode – didn’t hurt at the time but the next morning I couldn’t stand up straight without a lot of pain. This was my first visit with BOTH grandsons and it worked out great; I made sure I spent a good amount of time with older grandson FIRST before spending some time holding the baby.

As you can see, he loves his little brother!

He’s now a little over 3 weeks old

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Pecan Pie Bars

2 1/2 C. flour
1/2 C. brown sugar
2 sticks cold, unsalted butter,
cubed
1/4 tsp. salt
3 eggs
2 1/4 C. pecans, chopped
1 2/3 C. corn syrup
1 C. brown sugar
1/3 C. honey
6 T. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter,
melted
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
foil or parchment paper. In food
processor or large bowl, mix
together flour, sugar & salt until
combined. Slowly add in cold
butter & mix until mixture is
coarse & crumbly. Pour mixture
into prepared dish & press evenly
onto bottom & around edges to
form crust. Bake 20 minutes until
golden brown. Remove from oven.

In large bowl whisk eggs, corn syrup,
sugar, honey, butter & vanilla. Fold
in pecans & mix until thoroughly
coated – pour over hot crust. Return
to oven & bake 25-30 minutes until
filling has set. Remove & let cool
completely before removing using
foil, from baking dish. Cut into
bars. Makes 4 dozen

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Crockpot Spicy Turkey Chili

1 lb. ground turkey
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded/diced
(unless you want more heat – leave
seeds in)
2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. ancho chili powder
1 tsp. chipotle chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. dried cilantro
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
8 oz. fresh sweet corn kernels
2 (14.5 oz, ea) cans fire-roasted
diced tomatoes
2 C. chicken broth

Suggested ‘toppers’:
shredded Cheddar cheese
sour cream

Heat skillet over medium high heat.
Add gr. turkey & brown, breaking
apart with spatula; add diced
jalapenos to skillet & all dried spices.
Stir & cook until turkey is browned &
jalapenos begin to soften. Add mixture
to crockpot along with corn, tomatoes
& broth. Cover & cook on High 2-3 hours
or Low 4-6 (can cook on Low for up to
8 hours). Serve with shredded cheese &
sour cream, if desired. Serves 6

(recipe: slowcookergourmet.net)
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Cheesy Corn-stuffed Chicken

4  boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 C. shredded Pepper Jack cheese
1 ‘pouch’ Libby’s (frozen) Sweet Corn,
drained
seasoning for chicken (salt/pepper or
taco seasoning)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Make a horizontal sliced in side of
each chicken breast (making a pocket).
Mix cream cheese, corn & Pepper Jack
cheese & stuff breasts with mixture.
Place breasts on rimmed cookie sheet
& bake 20-25 minutes until chicken
is done & juices run clear. Serves 4

(recipe: lifewiththecrustcutoff.com)
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Open-faced BBQ Chicken Sandwich

1 loaf French bread
2 T. butter, softened
1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
3/4 C. BBQ sauce
3 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded
3 green onions, chopped
3 T. cilantro, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Slice bread in half lengthwise.
Line a large cookie sheet with foil;
spray with nonstick spray. Place
bread on foil & spread 1 T. softened
butter on each half; place in oven to
toast slightly (4-5 minutes). Place
shredded chicken in a bowl & mix
with BBQ sauce. Place bowl in
microwave & heat 4 minutes. Stir
chicken mixture & place on toasted
bread. Sprinkle bread halves with
mozzarella cheese & place in oven
to melt – about 5 minutes. Spread
green onions & cilantro over both
halves & cut into serving sized
pieces. Serves 5-6

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Simple Roasted Asparagus

1 lb. fresh asparagus, ends trimmed
2 T. olive oil
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Arrange asparagus on rimmed
baking sheet. In small bowl combine
oil, sugar, salt/pepper – drizzle over
asparagus & toss gently until evenly
coated. Bake 15-20 minutes until
lightly browned & tender. Serve
immediately. Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Chicken Dump &

Go Enchilada  Soup

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts,
about 1 lb.
2 C. chicken stock
1 1/4 C. red enchilada sauce (one 10 oz
can)
2 (14 oz, ea) cans black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes with juice
1 (15 oz) can whole-kernel corn, drained
1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 white onion, diced
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. salt (to taste)

Optional garnishes:

chopped fresh cilantro
diced avocado
diced red onion
shredded cheese
sour cream
tortilla strips/chips

Add all ingredients to crockpot;
stir to combine. Cover & cook
3-4 hours on High, or 6-8 hours
on Low until chicken is cooked
through & shreds easily. Use 2
forks to shred chicken. Serve
warm with optional garnishes.
Serves 4-6

This can be refrigerated in a sealed
container up to 5 days or frozen
for up to 3 months

(recipe: gimmesomeoven.com)
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Crockpot Elvis Pudding Cake

1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant banana cream
pudding mix
3 C. cold milk
1 pkg. yellow cake mix (regular size)
1/2 C. creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 C. peanut butter chips
1/2 C. chocolate chips

Optional toppings:
Whipped cream (or Cool Whip),
sliced fresh bananas

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. In medium bowl whish pudding mix
& milk 2 minutes – let stand another
2 minutes until soft-set – pour into crockpot.
Prepare cake mix accordg. to pkg. directions,
add in 1/2 C. peanut butter; pour cake
batter over pudding. Cover & cook on Low
3-3 1/2 hours. Sprinkle peanut butter chips &
chocolate chips on top. Cover crockpot but
turn it off
. Let stand 15 minutes to partially
melt the chips. Serve warm with optional
toppings. Serves 12

(recipe: spicysouthernkitchen.com)

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Craft-wise, since I’ve been ‘sitting’ a lot
more than I would normally, I’ve finished
up the 40 baby hats for our local hospital
and started knitting more for the Detroit
Veteran’s Baby Shower coming in September.
Along with that project I made the ‘executive’
decision to rip out the green baby blanket
I’d been working on – the yarn is rather
heavy & bulky (and I don’t like knitting with
it!) so I came up with the idea to use it to
crochet a baby blanket instead. (Thank
you, Mary/Mama for the Diagonal Box
Stitch afghan pattern
!) That pattern will
work out MUCH better using this yarn
(in fact, I already started it today). Still
working on the other (thinner yarn) baby
blanket – not sure just yet where it will
be donated.

Weather-wise it’s been a very SPRING
weather – starts out a little chilly (in
the low 30’s) but then climbs to the
upper 40’s & sometimes 50’s! Sunny,
clear, light breeze (of course I’ve only
been able to observe this through the
windows – anxious to just GET OUT
for a change – been inside now for
5 days – ugh! Cabin Fever!)

Hope you are enjoying this lovely
SPRING! Soon we will be seeing
trees, bushes & flowers bursting
forth – can’t wait! We already are
hearing some of the birds singing –
love hearing them, too! Can’t wait
to spot my first Robin – in Michigan
that’s usually our first bird to return
from down South (kind of a Michigan
thing to see who spots one first!)

Hugs;

Pammie

Wet, gloomy day –

but finished another project! I had knit the teal scarf for the needy and had a little yarn left over so I knit a hat to go with it:

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The burgundy yarn came in for the church Bible bookmark – I’m about one-third done with that (can’t remember whether the total length of the page was 13 or 16 inches! Ugh!)

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Layered Lemon Delight

Crust:
1 C. flour
1/2 C. ground or finely
chopped pecans
1/4 C. butter, melted

Layers:
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
2 1/2 C. Cool Whip, thawed
2 small boxes instant lemon
pudding mix
1 T. lemon juice
3 C. milk
1 C. powdered sugar
3 T. finely chopped pecans (garnish)

Crust:
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Combine flour, pecans & butter in
bowl until well blended & crumbly;
press mixture into bottom of a
9 X 13″ baking dish – bake 15
minutes & cool completely

Layers:
In medium bowl using elec. mixer
beat cream cheese & powdered
sugar until smooth & creamy. Fold
in 1 C. Cool Whip & spread over
crust. NOTE: work slowly – you
might have to use your fingers to
spread as best you can). Whisk
puddings & milk; add lemon juice
& stir until thick – spread over
cream cheese layer & spoon
remaining Cool Whip over pudding.
Sprinkle top with chopped nuts &
refrigerate 4 hours before serving.

NOTE from poster: she feels this
recipe is better the next day so
she makes it a day or two ahead
of serving.

(recipe: happyhooligans.ca)
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1-Pan Taco Skillet

1 1/2 lb. ground turkey or beef
2 bell peppers, seeded/diced
1 onion, diced
2 tomatoes, diced
1/2 C. salsa
1 C. canned black beans,
drained/rinsed (poster used
about 1/2 can)
1 C. water
1 C. beef stock
1 C. long grain rice (not instant)
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. chili powder
1 C. grated/shredded Cheddar cheese

Optional toppings:
sour cream, guacamole, salsa,
crushed corn chips

Brown meat in skillet; add onion &
diced peppers – cook until meat is
completely browned. On medium
heat, stir in water, beef stock, salsa,
rice & beans. Stir in spices; cover &
simmer 15 minutes until rice is
completely cooked & liquid is absorbed.
Stir in cheese & top with your favorite
taco toppings. Serves 6

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)
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Crockpot Smoked Sausage/Cabbage &
Potatoes

1 1/2 lb. baby red potatoes
2 pkgs. smoked sausage, sliced
1 small head cabbage, chopped (6 C.)
4 C. chicken broth
salt/pepper, to taste

Place all ingredients in 6 qt. crockpot.
Cover & cook on Low 6-8 hours.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Country Farm Chicken Casserole

2 large chicken breasts
1 medium sweet onion, diced
5 slices bacon
2 large potatoes
1/2 C. canned mushrooms (or 1
C. fresh, sliced)
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of chicken soup
3/4 C. chicken broth
1 T. melted butter
salt/pepper, to taste
garlic powder, to taste

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Cook bacon, crumbled (reserve
grease). Peel/cube potatoes & fry
in bacon grease; add onions, mush-
rooms, salt/pepper/garlic powder & fry.
Coat chicken breasts with melted butter;
season with salt/pepper & cook. When
cooked, cut into cubes. Mix soup with broth
& season with salt/pepper to make a sauce.
Place chicken mixture in a 8 X 8″ baking dish;
top with sauce & stir so all is coated with
sauce. Cover with foil & bake 30 minutes.
Remove foil, top with crumbled bacon &
bake an additional 10 minutes, uncovered.
Serves 4

(recipe: Courtney Luper – Facebook)
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Crockpot Stuffed Sweet Peppers

3 medium sweet red peppers
2 medium sweet yellow peppers
1 (14 oz) jar spaghetti sauce, divided
3/4 lb. Italian turkey sausage links,
casings removed
3/4 C. uncooked instant rice
1/2 C. crumbled feta cheese
1/2 C. chopped onion
1/4 C. chopped tomato
1/4 C. minced fresh parsley
2 T. sliced ripe olives
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Cut tops off peppers; chop tops/discard
stems & seeds. Set aside 3/4 C. spaghetti
sauce – pour remaining sauce in crockpot.
In large bowl combine sausage, rice, cheese,
onion, tomato, parsley, olives, garlic powder,
salt, Italian seasoning, pepper flakes & reserved
chopped pepper tops & spaghetti sauce – spoon
mixture into peppers then transfer peppers to
crockpot. Cover & cook on Low 4-5 hours or
until sausage is no longer pink & peppers are
tender. Serves 5

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Garlic Cheddar Quick Bread

3 C. flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1 C. sharp Cheddar cheese,
shredded
1/4 C. sugar
2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1 1/2 C. milk
1/4 C. canola oil
1 egg

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a loaf pan with nonstick
spray. In large bowl whisk flour,
baking powder, sugar, garlic
powder & Ital. seasonings. In
another bowl mix milk, egg &
oil until well combined; fold in
cheese. Pour mixture into
prepared pan (if desired
sprinkle a little additional
Italian seasoning on top)
Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Let bread cool approximately
15 minutes before cutting.
Makes 1 loaf

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Spicy Sausage Soup with Tortellini

2 (32 oz, ea) cartons chicken broth
1 lb. bulk hot or mild Italian sausage
1 (9 oz) pkg. refrigerated cheese
tortellini
1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted or
Italian diced tomatoes
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
3 C. fresh spinach, thinly sliced

In 6 qt. stock pot bring broth to boil.
Carefully drop sausage by heaping
teaspoonfuls into boiling broth. Add
tortellini, tomatoes & Ital. seasoning,
return to boil. Reduce heat, simmer,
uncovered, 8-10 minutes until sausage
is cooked through & pasta is tender. Stir
in spinach until wilted. Serves 8 (3 qts)

NOTE: Freezer option:
Freeze cooked, cooled soup in freezer
containers. To use, partially thaw in
fridge overnight. Heat through in a
saucepan, stirring occasionally & adding
a little broth, if necessary.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Large Batch Brownies

2 C. butter, melted
4 C. sugar
1 C. cocoa powder
4 tsp. vanilla
8 eggs
3 C. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 C. chocolate chips (milk or
semi-sweet)

Frosting:
1/2 C. butter, melted
1/2 C. cocoa powder
6 C. powdered sugar
10 T. milk
2 tsp. vanilla
dash salt

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Using stand mixer, place melted
butter, sugar, cocoa & vanilla in
bowl; beat on Low speed until
combined & smooth (about
1 minute). Add eggs, one-at-a-
time, mixing well between each
one. In separate bowl combine
flour & salt; add to batter & mix
on medium speed until smooth
(about 2 minutes); add chocolate
chips & stir until combined. Spray
a large cookie sheet with nonstick
spray. Scoop 3/4 C. of batter out of
bowl (into another bowl) & spread
rest of batter onto sheet – spread
evenly with a knife. (The remaining
batter can be baked in a loaf pan if
you wish). Do not add all batter to
cookie sheet – it will overflow)
Bake 25-30  minutes (be sure to
not over bake). Brownies are done
when a wooden toothpick inserted
into center comes out clean. Cool
completely.
Frosting:
Place melted butter & cocoa in
large bowl; beat on medium speed
using elec. mixer until well combined.
Add powdered sugar in batches,
milk, vanilla & salt – mix until smooth
& glossy. Spread evenly over brownies,
slice & serve.

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Our weather warmed up some today to
almost 50 degrees F – that’s HUGE in
Michigan at this time of year…however,
along with the warm came breezes & rain
which made you feel chilled. Husband &
I had doctors appointments today and
I was really glad to finally get home, get
a warm sweatshirt, slippers & blanket
around me so that I could snuggle in
my recliner & read a book – it was THAT
chilly! (Of course, that was after I’d
already had a nice warm cup of Chai
Latte tea!). I’m fine, health-wise (knew
I was but because I’m diabetic my doctor
insists on seeing me every 3 months (could
be something to do with my insurance,
also). Husband finally got meds to help
him recover from the bronchitis – YAY!
Being sick with that for a week would
make anyone cranky! Dinner is chili; I
made a big batch yesterday and there
should be enough for at least 3 more
days (I make BIG batches!).

I also made the Banana Chocolate Chip
cake I’d posted a few posts ago – it was,
in my opinion, OK.

Banana Chocolate Swirl Cake
with Chocolate Glaze

It required you cover
the baked bundt cake with a chocolate
drizzle – let’s just say drizzle & I were
NOT friends – I had it ALL OVER – on
my hands, the counter, the cake,
my apron – UGH! After tasting the cake
I see no reason for it to need drizzle!
Husband liked it, so that’s good… will
I make that recipe again? Probably not.

Hope you are all comfy, warm & enjoying
your day;

Hugs;

Pammie

 

 

Yep, it’s COLD!

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Today our temperatures took a big dive – it’s 14 degrees F. outside and VERY windy, making it feel like -9 degrees F. Our special needs group has been canceled so I’ve been busy calling & texting everyone, making sure they don’t come tonight. I did go out grocery shopping and was really surprised at just how quickly the cold got through all my layers of warm clothing – not fun – thank heavens for a warm house, warm clothing and all our wants and needs covered – we are blessed.

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Chewy Gingerbread Bars

Bars:
3/4 C. butter, melted
1 C. sugar
1/4 C. molasses
1 egg
2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cloves

Cream Cheese Frosting:
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 T. butter, softened
2 C. powdered sugar
1 T. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
dash salt

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 9″ baking dish
with nonstick spray. In large
bowl mix melted butter, sugar &
molasses – beat until well combined.
Add egg & beat until smooth. In
separate bowl mix all dry
ingredients; pour dry ingredients
into wet & beat just until
combined. Press dough into
prepared pan & bake 15-20
minutes – do not overbake.
Insert a toothpick into center-
if it comes out clean remove
pan from oven & let cool
completely. Bars will continue
to cook a bit as they cool.
Mix all frosting ingredients in
stand mixer until smooth.
spread frosting over top of
cooled bars & refrigerate
1 hour. Cut & serve; store
leftover bars in refrigerator
or freezer.

NOTE: If you want to double recipe:
use a large jelly roll pan (11 1/2″
X 16″) Bake 350 degrees F. for
20-25 minutes. Cool & frost &
refrigerate at least 30 minutes
before cutting

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Quick ‘n Easy Taco Soup

1 lb. ground beef (or ground
turkey/chicken, your choice)
1 small onion, chopped
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans,
rinsed
1 (15 oz) can black beans
1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (2 T.) pouch taco seasoning
NOTE: do not drain cans (except
kidney beans)

Optional Toppings:

shredded Cheddar cheese
sour cream
diced tomatoes or
pico de gallo
sliced avocado
corn chips
lime wedges
chopped cilantro

Brown ground beef & onion in large
skillet until cooked; crumbled, drain fat.
Add remaining ingredients & stir to
combine. Cook over medium heat,
simmer 10 minutes to let flavors blend.
Serve with optional toppings.

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Spinach-stuffed Chicken Pockets

4 C/ fresh baby spinach
2 tsp. plus 1/4 C. olive oil, divided
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 C. garlic-herb spreadable cheese
2/3 C. plus 1/4 C. seasoned bread
crumbs, divided
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. salt, divided
4 boneless skinless chicken breast
halves (6 oz, ea)
1 egg, lightly beaten


In large skillet saute spinach in 2
tsp. oil until spinach is wilted. Add
garlic; cook 1 minute; remove from
heat. Stir in spreadable cheese,
2/3 C. bread crumbs & 1/4 tsp. salt.
Cut a pocket in thickest part of
each breast, fill with spinach mixture
& secure with wooden toothpicks.
Place egg in a shallow bowl (or pie plate).
In another bowl combine pepper, salt &
remaining bread crumbs. Dip chicken in
egg then coat with bread crumb mixture.
In large skillet over medium heat, cook
chicken in remaining oil 8-10 minutes on
each side or until a thermometer reads
170 degrees F. Discard toothpicks before
serving. Serves 4

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Creamy Ham, Potato & Corn Chowder

2 C. cooked ham, diced into small cubes
6 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
5 1/2 T. butter, divided
1 medium yellow onion, diced (1 1/2 C)
2 carrots, peeled/diced (3/4 C.)
2 stalks celery, diced (3/4 C)
2 (14.5 oz, ea) cans chicken broth
5 medium red potatoes, diced into
3/4 inch cubes
3/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1 bay leaf
salt/ground pepper, to taste
1 1/2 C. fresh corn kernels (or frozen)
1/4 C. plus 2 T. flour
3 C. milk
1/2 C. sour cream or heavy cream
chopped chives, for topping

In large pot melt 1 1/2 T. butter over
medium heat. Add onion, carrots &
celery – saute until tender, 4 minutes.
Add chicken broth, potatoes, oregano,
thyme & bay leaf – season with salt/
pepper to taste (slightly under season
with salt as bacon  & ham will add to
saltiness). Bring to boil over medium-
high heat; reduce heat to medium.
Cover & allow to cook until potatoes
are very tender, 17-20 minutes,
stirring occasionally. Reduce to warm
heat; stir in ham & corn.
In medium saucepan melt remaining
4 T. butter over medium heat. Add flour
& cook, stirring constantly, 1 1/2 minutes.
While whisking, slowly add in milk &
whisk vigorously to smooth lumps.
Season with salt/pepper to taste. Bring
to boil & allow to thicken, whisking
constantly. Remove from heat, stir in
sour cream. Pour & stir milk mixture
into soup mixture. Serve warm
topped with bacon & chives. Serves 6

(recipe: cookingclassy.com)
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Stuffed Baby Red Potatoes
(appetizers)

24 small red potatoes
(about 2 1/2 lb)
1/4 C. butter, cubed
1/2C. shredded Parmesan
cheese, divided
1/2 C. cooked/crumbled bacon,
divided
2/3 C. sour cream
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp paprika

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Scrub potatoes & place in
large saucepan covered with
water – bring to boil. Reduce
heat, cover & cook 15-20
minutes until tender; drain.
When cool enough to handle,
cut a thin slice off top of each
potato. Scoop out pulp leaving
a thin shell (cut thin slices off
bottoms of potatoes if needed
to make level).
In large bowl mash potato tops &
pulp with butter (set aside 2 T.
cheese & bacon for garnish) Add
remaining cheese & bacon to
potatoes; stir in sour cream,
egg, salt/pepper.  Spoon mixture
into potato shells & place on
ungreased baking sheet. Top with
remaining cheese & bacon –
sprinkle tops with paprika. Bake
12-18 minutes. Makes 2 dozen

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Chicken Tamale Pie

1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix
1/2 C. sour cream
1/2 C. corn kernels (canned/
fresh or frozen)
1 large egg
1 T. olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. Taco seasoning mix
2 C. cooked/shredded chicken
3/4 C. enchilada sauce,
divided
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 C. shredded Monterrey Jack
cheese
chopped fresh cilantro – optional
garnish

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Prepare corn muffin mix: in medium
bowl combine mix, sour cream, corn
& egg; whisk until evenly combined.
Spray large oven-safe skillet with
cooking spray & pour mixture into
pan. Bake 15 minutes until golden;
let cool slightly.
In large skillet over medium heat, heat
oil. Add onions, cook 5 minutes; add
garlic & cook 1 more minute. Add taco
seasoning & season with salt. Add
chicken & 1/2 C. enchilada sauce; stir
until combined. Poke holes all over
cornbread using bottom of a wooden
spoon. Pour remaining 1/4 C. enchilada
sauce over holes & top with chicken
mixture. Top with cheeses & bake
20 minutes. Garnish with cilantro,
if using, & serve.

(recipe: delish.com)
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Baked Spaghetti

1 C. onion, chopped
1 C. chopped green pepper
1 T. butter
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained
1 (4 oz) can mushroom stems &
pieces, drained
1 (2 1/4 oz) can sliced ripe olives,
drained
2 tsp. dried oregano
1 lb. ground beef, browned/
drained
12 oz. spaghetti, cooked/drained
2 C. (8 oz) shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of mushroom
soup, undiluted
1/4 C. water
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large skillet saute onion & green
pepper in butter until tender. Add
tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, oregano
& ground beef – simmer, uncovered,
10 minutes; drain. Place half of
spaghetti in greased 9 X 13″ baking
dish; layer with half vegetable mixture
& 1 C. Cheddar cheese – repeat layers.
In small bowl combine soup & water
until smooth; pour over casserole.
Sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese &
bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes until
heated through. Serves 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Winter Fruit Salad w/Cinnamon-
Rum Sauce

1 (12 oz) can pineapple juice
concentrate
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. rum extract
2 (10 oz, ea) cans mandarin
oranges, drained
1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks,
drained
2 C. purple or red (seedless) grapes
2 large apples, cored/chopped

In large bowl add 1 can pineapple
juice concentrate, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
& 2 tsp. rum extract – whisk to combine.
Add 2 drained cans mandarin oranges,
pineapple chunks, grapes & chopped
apples – stir to combine. Refrigerate
1 hour. Serves 10

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)

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Yesterday found me attempting to finish all the
‘extra’ knitting – managed to finish one of the
two sets of boot toppers – still have about 8
rows of ribbing (then sewing up) on the second
pair and then that’s done! YAY! I also took in
one small box of yarn to my knit group – all

but 3 skeins were taken. Our next meeting
(in 2 weeks) is the Yarn Swap so I’m hoping
to get rid of a lot more – we’ll see! There
is just too much  to take in all at one time,
so I’m slowly going to take a little in each
meeting.

 Had an unusual
happening last night: I brought in 6 very large
skeins of yarn that i had ordered on line – when
I got it I discovered it was not as thick as I
thought it was – you would need to knit using
two yarns together to have it thick enough.
In my carrying all the ‘stuff’ in , somehow one
of the balls must have fallen out – onto the
parking lot and into a very dirty puddle – I
found it next to my car when I came out
3 hours later. What to do? I dragged it home,
filled a bucket with warm water & Tide and
let it soak. Today I ‘squished’ it together with
my hands to get out the dirty water then
rinsed it. NOW what to do!? I ended up
remembering I had a net laundry bag I used
to use for washing baby socks (keeps them
from getting lost in the washer/dryer) so
I put the ball in that and stuck it in the dryer.
It went through  1 hour – still VERY wet so
I’m going to try to keep doing that for a
few 1 hour cycles and see what happens.
My thoughts are: it’s VERY dense & probably
will not dry inside – I (right now) don’t exactly
know what to do other than unrolling it, a
little at a time, and letting THAT part dry –
repeat process. We’ll see – it’s a BIG ball!
(Yes, I can hear some of you: why not just
pitch it!? Well, it IS a good yarn, cost
$7.00 – not a big expense but I’d hate to
just waste it – we’ll see…)

Hope you are all safe, warm and enjoying
the beginnings of this New Year. Today is
my middle son’s 28th birthday – baked him
his favorite: double chocolate brownies
(with tiny chocolate chips inside) and
frosted with dark chocolate frosting – the
house smells great!

Enjoy your day;

Hugs;

Pammie

 

Slowly getting it all done!

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Well, they weren’t wrong in predicting more snow for my area – another 2+ (was supposed to be 5, so I’m not too upset). Ended up calling our plow guy to ask him to do our drive, even though it’s not much snow – since we live ON a major highway the bottom of our drive is piled up with frozen ice/snow to where (if you have a small car) you might not make it UP the drive (just enough of a slope to where you need a ‘running start’ to get up it, with snow/ice involved.  It’s about 25 degrees F out now with later predictions of freezing drizzle & light snow during the night – GREAT! I have choir practice from 6-8 p.m. tonight (NO chance of missing this one – tomorrow morning is the program!).

FINALLY finished the blue/green baby blanket – yes, people like it but the yarn makes the knitter a bit ‘blind’ if worked on too long – it’s a bit BRIGHT!

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Brought out some more donated yarn (white & a federal slate blue) and started another (homeless) scarf – worked about 6 inches & decided it was too wide to be able to make a decent length before running out of yarn so started it again, narrower. Still wasn’t happy with the yarn – too scratchy so decided to dump that project and wait until tomorrow when I’m supposed to get 2 boxes & several BAGS of yarn (& some crochet things) from a lady at church. Sometimes just seeing new yarn gives me inspiration – we’ll see. (Next project will be another scarf – think I mentioned that last post).

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Eggnog Bread


Bread:
1 1/2 C. flour
1 C. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
3/4 C. eggnog
1/2 C. vegetable or canola oil
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. rum extract

Eggnog glaze:
1 C. powdered sugar
3 T. eggnog
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. rum extract
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray loaf pan with nonstick
spray. In large bowl whisk flour,
sugar, salt, baking powder,
cinnamon & nutmeg. In another
medium bowl combine eggnog, oil,
eggs, vanilla & rum extract. Slowly
add wet ingredients to dry – stir
until combined. Pour batter into
prepared pan then tap pan on
counter so the cake is evenly set
in pan. Bake 65-70 minutes until
a toothpick inserted into center
comes out clean. Place on cooling
rack & cool 15 minutes. Loosen
sides of bread with a knife &
carefully remove from pan. Let
cake cool completely on wire
rack.
While bread is cooling, prepare
glaze:
In small bowl whisk powdered
sugar, eggnog, vanilla, rum extract
& nutmeg – drizzle glaze over
cooled loaf.

NOTE: If cake isn’t done & top is
browning too fast, drape a piece
of foil over top & finish baking
until a toothpick comes out clean.

(recipe: twopeasandtheir pod.com)
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Crockpot Cranberry Apple Butter

2 lb. apples, peeled/cored/sliced,
about 6 C. (poster used Granny Smith)
1 (12 oz) bag fresh cranberries
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 C. orange juice

(add at end, to taste)
1/2 C. brown sugar

Add apples, cranberries, clove, cinnamon
sticks & orange juice to crockpot. Cover &
cook on High 5 hours or Low 8, without
opening lid during cooking time. When
time is done, remove cinnamon sticks &
discard. Ladle everything into a blender
working in batches – add sugar. (poster
used 1/2 C. – you can always add more)
Blend until smooth. Makes 20 servings

Comments from poster:
I think it tastes better after being
refrigerated overnight. Good on
biscuits or croissants.

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Four-Cheese Angel Hair Pasta

1 lb. angel hair pasta
1 T. unsalted butter
1 C. Half & Half
1 C. grated Cheddar cheese
1 C. grated Fontina cheese
1 C. grated Gruyere cheese
1/2 C. Pecorino Romano cheese,
grated
fresh ground black pepper
1/4 C. chopped parsley

Bring 8 qt. stock pot of salted
water to boil – cook pasta to
al dente, reserve 1 C. pasta
water.
In large skillet over medium-high
heat, melt butter & combine with
Half & Half. Bring to low simmer;
add all of cheese & 1/2 tsp. black
pepper. Reduce heat to Low &
mix until well incorporated. Drain
pasta & gently fold in half of pasta
using tongs to coat all strands.
Add parsley & rest of pasta. If sauce
is too thick, add a spoonful of
pasta water at a time until you
reach desired consistency. Serve
immediately. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Country-style Pork Roast
(crockpot)

1 (2-3 lb. ) pork roast
1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. ground mustard
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
2 T. olive oil
2 (14.5 oz, ea) cans chicken broth
1 lb. baby carrots (or sliced
carrots)
1/4 C. cornstarch
1/4 C. cold water

Spray crockpot insides with nonstick
spray. Dump carrots in bottom of
crockpot. Cut roast in half; place
flour, salt, onion & garlic powders,
ground mustard & oregano in a
gallon-sized ziplock bag. Add one
half roast to bag, seal & shake until
roast is entirely coated – repeat with
other half of roast. Heat a large
skillet over medium-high heat; add
oil & brown roast on all sides (about
2-3 minutes per side) – place both
halves in crockpot. Pour chicken broth
on top. Cover & cook on Low 6 hours
until pork is tender. Remove roast from
crockpot; using a slotted spoon, remove
carrots. Measure out 3 C. liquid from
crockpot & pour into medium saucepan.
Bring to boil. In small bowl, mix cornstarch
& water & pour into saucepan. Bring to
boil & cook 2-3 minutes until gravy
thickens. Serves 8

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)
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Dump & Go Cracker Barrel Casserole

1 (2 lb) pkg. frozen hash brown potatoes,
thawed
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of chicken or
mushroom soup
1 (16 oz) tub sour cream
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 C. chopped onion
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic or onion powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 green bell pepper, chopped (optional)
diced ham or bacon (cooked/chopped)

Optional topping:
1 C. dry bread crumbs
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl mix hash browns, onion,
soup, sour cream, cheese, seasoning &
optional pepper/bacon or ham. Spread
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
spray & spread mixture into dish. Mix
topping ingredients & spread over
potato mixture. Bake 45 minutes to
1 hour, until golden brown. Serves 12

NOTE: Poster said that sometimes she
omits the optional topping & bakes it
30 minutes, removes from oven & stirs
it up ‘to get everything nice & crispy’,
then returns to oven to complete cooking

(recipe: beautandbedlam.com)
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Crockpot Swedish Meatballs

1 can cream of mushroom
soup
1 can beef broth
1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
2 T. A1 steak sauce
1 (2 lb) pkg. frozen meatballs
1 (8 oz) tub sour cream
1 (16 oz) pkg. egg noodles

In crockpot mix undiluted soup with
beef broth, onion soup mix & steak
sauce – stir well. Add frozen meatballs;
cover & cook on Low 6-8 hours or High
3-5 hours. When done, stir in sour cream.
Prepare egg noodles accordg. to pkg
directions; drain well & stir into crockpot
or serve on top of meatballs. Serves 6

NOTE: Poster said: If preparing for a crowd,
double recipe – keep crockpot on ‘warm’ or
‘buffet’ setting.

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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Crockpot Cranberry Meatballs

1 can whole-berry or jellied
cranberry sauce
3/4 C. chili sauce
1/4 C. water
2 bags frozen fully-cooked meatballs

Place cranberry sauce, chili sauce &
water in crockpot; stir to combine. Add
meatballs & stir to coat. Cover & cook
on Low 3-4 hours until bubbly &
meatballs are heated through. Stir &
serve warm. Serves 8

(recipe: delish.com)
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Cheesy Stuffing Casserole

1 (6 oz) box chicken or turkey
stuffing mix
1 (12 oz) bag frozen broccoli
1 (10 oz) bag frozen corn
1 (10 oz) can cream of chicken soup
salt/pepper, to taste
8 oz. Velveeta cheese, cubed
(OR) 1 C. fresh grated Cheddar
cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick spray. Prepare
stuffing mix accordg. to pkg.
directions. Pour frozen broccoli &
frozen corn into prepared dish.
Pour soup over vegetables & stir
to combine; season with salt/
pepper. Dot top of vegetables
with cubed/grated cheese. Cover
with stuffing evenly over top.
Cover tightly with foil & bake
35-40 minutes. Remove from
oven & carefully remove hot foil.
Let stand a few minutes before
serving. Serves 6-8 as a side
dish.

(recipe: life-in-the-lofthouse.com)
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Crockpot Cashew Candy Clusters


24 oz. dry roasted cashews(can use
peanuts)
4 oz. unsweetened dark baking
chocolate, broken into pieces
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 lb. vanilla almond bark broken
into as small of pieces as you can
1 tsp. vanilla

(recipe best made in a 5 qt or
larger crockpot for easier stirring)
Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray. Place cashews in
bottom of crockpot. Next a layer
of broken up dark chocolate &
chocolate chips. On top white
almond bark pieces. Cover &
cook on Low first hour, stirring
every 15 minutes using a spatula
or wooden spoon* After first hour,
stir every 30 minutes. When it starts
mixing really well but not quite all
melted, add vanilla & stir in well.
This can take 2-3 hours, depending
on how warm your crockpot gets.
(unless you are using a much older
first generation crockpot, skipping
the stirring process will result in
burnt cashews & chocolate.
After all is mixed well & smooth,
spoon out into empty cupcake
liners. Refrigerate until ready to
serve. Serves 4

*If you have a Warm feature on
your crockpot, cook on Warm for
the first 3 hours then just let it
melt as it won’t scorch before
stirring

NOTE: You can change up recipe
by adding pretzel bits, dry cereal,
different nuts or marshmallows at
very end as you are spooning
mixture into cups.

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)

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On the ‘getting it done’ front, finally have
one small fiber-optic up & lit, brought
down the rest of the Christmas ‘stuff’ –
good thing I went back up – forgot to
bring down the TOP of the tree! (it’s in
sections). Maybe between tomorrow &
Monday I’ll get the rest up (bigger tree
& lights on fireplace & secretary). We’ll
see …       Paperwork-wise, I’m good – got
the new calendar finished & printed for
the knit group (Tues), remembered to
call Panera Monday to order 3 dozen
of their mini-chocolate chip cookies
(every year I get those along with some
small candy bars & put them on trays
for the knit group (my Christmas present
to them), got thank you cards done for
those in the special needs group who
gave me presents (they always want me
to open them BEFORE Christmas!) – it’s
coming together.  Had an epiphany while
knitting: Mother of baby-to-be and her
Mom will be experimenting with baking
cookies & candy Monday (baby Mama
doesn’t cook) so I was thinking about
that; found a really nice wooden recipe
box with dividers & recipe cards on
Amazon – it’s ‘on it’s way before
Christmas’. I was texting with the other
grandma and we were mentioning
favorite cookie recipes – apparently
I have some she’s never heard of SOoooo
I thought: I’ll write some of them out
on some of the recipe cards & add
them to the recipe box! SCORE! I
love when a present idea hits –
especially when it’s an easy-to-
achieve one!

Not much else going on, trying to
conserve energies for later when
‘battling’ the snow & roads going
to & from church tonight. Sure hope
tomorrow mornings roads are clear!

Stay warm, drink a little something
you like (cocoa/tea/smoothie?) and
take a little time for yourself. It’s a
crazy time of year and we tend to
OVER-DO to the point where we’re
too exhausted to have any fun,
ourselves. (I know I’m guilty of that-
big time!).

Hugs;

Pammie